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No peace negotiation without women’s attendance

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KABUL: The government would not hold negotiations with Taliban without women’s attendance, an official said.

“The country will go to a permanent problem if women are not in the peace talks,” Abdul Salam Rahimi, acting state minister for peace said Friday.

He reiterated that the ministry was responsible to facilitate women’s participation in the negotiations.

Rahimi assured that the government was supporting women’s stance in the peace efforts.

Meanwhile, President Ghani has said at the sideline of World Economic Forum meeting held in Switzerland, that Afghan women would not go back to the dark era. “If Taliban are insisting, it is not acceptable for our society,” Ghani has said, mention that two women were chairing Afghanistan diplomatic missions in the United States and the United Nations which is considered it as part of women’s ability.

Ghani reiterated that Afghans want peace, but the ‘reduction in violence’ plan offered by Taliban, would not work. “The cease fire indicates the fact that Afghans have a real commitment to political dialogue.”

“The people of Afghanistan have no problem with the withdrawal of US troops, but a negotiation on the matter is important. If this negotiation is held with the Taliban, it means the beginning of intensifying wars,” said Ghani in response to a question.

Taliban rejected the US demand for cease fire, but said they would reduce violence in the big cities as a response to the request.

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